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Monument

Dataran Lang (Eagle Square)

Standing at 12 meters high (39.3 feet), this commanding statue is inspired by Langkawi's namesake sea eagle. Poised to take flight, the statue is the focal point of the waterfront Dataran Lang, a star-shaped plaza located on Kuah Bay. It's one of the first sights to greet visitors arriving via ferry or cruise ship.

Dataran Lang is popular for photos with the larger-than-life eagle, or to simply watch boats sail in and out of the bay. Opposite the square, across a small footbridge, is the Jetty Point Complex, a mid-sized mall with duty-free shopping opportunities and fast food chains.

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Price

Free

Time Spent

15-60minutes

Fitness level: Easy

Hours

24 hours7 days

Look Around

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Statue

Who Will Like Dataran Lang

Bucketlist Bandit

Stand in front of eagle's base to take an instantly recognizable selfie of your travel group.

Photography Whiz

Capture an iconic shot of Langkawi with the statue set against the island's turquoise waters and towering mountains. Due to the eagle's size, the best photos are taken with a drone.

Culture Buff

See the emblem of Langawi, resembling the origin of the island's name according to local folklore. The reddish-brown eagle statue represents the Malay words "Helang" (eagle) and "Kawi" (reddish brown).

Insider Tips For Dataran Lang

Visit in the early morning or evening as the square can be quite hot during the day. Visit at night to see the statue illuminated with colorful lights.

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Where Is It

Persiaran Putera Kuah, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia

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How To Get There

Rideshare

Drivers pick up and drop off at main entrance

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Taxi

Taxi rank available at Jetty Point Complex

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Motorbike

Free parking at Jetty Point Complex near pedestrian bridge to Eagle Square

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Car

Free • Large public carpark at Jetty Point Complex. Traffic jams are common.

Driving directions... Walking directions from car...

What To Bring

Do:
  • Sun protection like hat, sunscreen, and sunglasses.
  • Water bottle.
  • Camera.

Tech & Photography

Photography

Photography allowed: Yesflash is ok

Tripod allowed: Yes

Selfie sticks allowed: Yes

Best time to shoot: Sunrise & Sunset

Tips: The best time to take photos is during sunrise, with the ideal spot at the main entrance to the square. Shooting a low angle from the front of the statue can give it the sculpture a less desirable pigeon-like appearance.

Drones

Drones allowed: Yes (subject to national/regional rules)

Bags

Backpacks allowed: Yes

Secured bag lockers available: No

Food & Drink

Local and international fast-food chains are located at the neighboring Jetty Point Complex.

Backstory

The reddish-brown sculpture represents one of Langawi's oldest residents and symbol of the island, the sea eagle (also called the Brahminy kite). According to the folklore stories, the name "Langkawi" came from Malay words: "helang", meaning "eagle" and "kawi", meaning "reddish-brown".

Standing tall on a man-made platform shaped like a 5-pointed star, the monument casts its gaze over the bay and incoming ships. Eagle Square covers a landscaped area of 19 acres including covered terraces, beautiful small ponds, fountains, footbridges, shops and eateries.

It is one of the most photographed sites on the island.

Etiquette

Do:
  • Dress modestly and don't show too much skin out of respect to local Malays.
Don't:
  • Climb on the statue.
  • Hog the best photo spots. Take turns with other visitors.

Scorecard

Best Parts:
  • Iconic sculpture with meaningful connection to Langkawi.
  • Impressive and large size, visible from the sea while approaching the island.
  • Proximity to Jetty Point Complex and ferry terminal.
  • Colorful lighting at night.
  • Clean and well-maintained public square.
Could Be Better:
  • Lack of shade and protection from Langkawi's hot sun.
  • Difficult to photograph without other visitors in the frame.
  • Lack of signage explaining the history of the sculpture and square.
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